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How long left do You give these Players?

Serena: Depends on Venus' decisions, her results and her injuries. I would be surprised at this point if she does not play until she's 30 as there is every indication that Venus will, and it's not as if Serena's susceptibility to injury can get a whole lot worse. And Serena's never been the most motivated either, but she's still here.

Jankovic: The jury's still out on this one. On one hand, her running and loaded schedule might well burn her out both mentally and physically, but on the other hand her smooth technique, flexibility, light-footedness and general compact game might be her saving grace. I do tend to think that by the age of 26 (she's 23 now), Jankovic will be on the way out. I think we'll see in the first quarter of next year how this year has affected her. It's normal for players to be burnt out or beset by injuries after a stellar year prior.

Safina: Too early to say. She seems to be reaching her peak at the moment, and everything she always dreamt of beckons. Only a year ago, or 9 months ago even, those dreams seemed to be fading. So at this point in time the last thing she's thinking about is retirement. And she's only 22. Give it two years and see how she's faring. It's noticeable that Safina does have a tendency to throw the towel in and get despondent when things aren't going well. She nearly retired earlier this year. On the other hand, she's extremely strong and looks to have a resilient body.

Sharapova: I worry for this girl's future. She focuses too much on unremitting power, and her own game takes a bigger toll on her body than her opponents. For example, she overwhelmed Jankovic in Australia, but do you remember the story of the hare and the tortoise? I also thought that Sharapova's response to Henin's retirement spoke volumes. She suggested that at 26, with fewer slams than Henin, she would have done the same. Well, she'll be 22 next year, and her injury problems show no sign of abating. It seems she needs to play as she does to win slams, and then has to suffer for it. I think psychologically, Sharapova BADLY wants one more Wimbledon title. That is why she still practices. I don't think she's much bothered about Paris. But, you know, sometimes players can very suddenly let go of their dreams to enable themselves to move on and be happier, just as Henin let go of the dream of a Wimbledon title. Sharapova knows there are many avenues open to her when she hangs her racket.

Kuznetsova: At this point, I think it all depends on whether Sveta can cope much longer with going nowhere fast. Physically, I think she has more ability to keep going than any other player. She doesn't seem to get injured often, and is immensely compact. It's just Sveta might well get bored of walking this plateau.

Dementieva: She's 27 now, but I think she will play to the age of 30 barring injuries. That is, unless she wins that elusive slam next year, which could demotivate her as, in my opinion, it did Mauresmo. But she's super-fit and has the athleticism to not slow down into her early 30s. She's built very similar to Graf, who was still quicker than Venus at Wimbledon '99. I think she still has dreams and will keep going unless she cannot.

Venus: I think she'll keep going into her early 30s, barring injuries. She's said as much.
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Re: How long left do You give these Players?

Serena: She will go as long as Venus and probably just play occasionaly

Jankovic: A few years maybe 2 or if she wins a GS I doubt she will keep going.

Safina: About 5 years probably she is doing really well at the moment but you never know what will happen.

Sharapova: The Injury Train has stopped at Sharapova Station. Her power doesnt do that much anymore most players can handle it. She probably has maybe 3 years left before she gets bored and begins to fall down the rankings but i dont know if she will win another GS the she might have a few more years and i highly doubt she will ever win the French.

Kuznetsova: Dunno 2 or 3 years

Dementieva: I still think she will be around a good while like maybe even for 4 more years she never really has major injuries.

Venus: 5 years probably and then both her and Serena will retire together.

Momo: Next Year sometime
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Momo - I think she'll retire in January


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Mauresmo-If the slump continues, 2 more years. If not, she may give the 2012 Olympics a shot.
Venus and Serena- 4+ years
Sharapova- I don't see her playing for much longer, maybe 3 years.


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Jankovic: The jury's still out on this one. On one hand, her running and loaded schedule might well burn her out both mentally and physically, but on the other hand her smooth technique, flexibility, light-footedness and general compact game might be her saving grace. I do tend to think that by the age of 26 (she's 23 now), Jankovic will be on the way out. I think we'll see in the first quarter of next year how this year has affected her. It's normal for players to be burnt out or beset by injuries after a stellar year prior.
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If Amélie didn't give a shit and wanted to retire, she wouldn't be looking for a new coach

Thing is, we don't know about any of these players. Only they'll know when it's time to go.

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not in the next two years none of them

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If Amélie didn't give a shit and wanted to retire, she wouldn't be looking for a new coach

Thing is, we don't know about any of these players. Only they'll know when it's time to go.
Doesn't mean she will ever do anything significant. Losing to Cibulkova over and over.
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If Amélie didn't give a shit and wanted to retire, she wouldn't be looking for a new coach

Thing is, we don't know about any of these players. Only they'll know when it's time to go.
I think Mauresmo wants a new coach to see if she can still do anything. If she doesn't/can't come out of her slump, I see her retiring after a Wimbledon in 2009 or 2010.

Serena/Venus really depends on VEnus for me. Although Serena always seems to have the more dominating personality, she follows her sister a lot. I can see Venus/Serena retiring around 2012. There will be a grass-court olympics, 10 years since Serena's great year etc.

Jankovic/Sharapova are both going to retire around the same time. Jankovic isn't exactly young. I can see her winning a few (by a few I mean like 3, maybe 4). Plus Jankovic isn't showing signs of slowing down, and a long rest won't exactly hinder her further. Plus Jankovic needs match play to get her going. As for Sharapova, her game is extremely taxing on her body. She truly embodies the wta at this time, spurts of brilliance. Probably another 4years until she ends her career. I can see her going into tennis broadcasting. She's extremely likeable, and the current ones aren't exactly getting younger. Also, Sharapova has some extreme pride. She'll retire once she knows she can't compete anymore. She won't like falling down the rankings and having to qualify.
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Like we saw this year, right?!
True. Although Jelena herself said she struggled with injuries earlier in the year. Her turnaround has marked her out from just being a 'one year wonder' to being an established top four player. All due credit to her.

But her body won't let her do this forever.
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It's not really grateful because life is very tricky. Everything can happen.

I don't think Jelena will 'burn out'. She already cut her schedule and I think she'll cut it even more next year to keep her strength for the end of the year when she'll have a lot of points to defend. She won't be defending any points until Australian Open, so if she collects some extra points out there she'll probably cut her schedule even more. My personal pick for next year is Roland Garros. I think she's the favorite on that grand slam if she keeps this form. After that she defends no points until Wimbledon (4th round-140 points). She could make some mess out there too.. Who knows? If someone told me 4 weeks ago that she can win 2 tournaments in 2 weeks I'd just laugh at him. Now she won 3 in 3. She improves every week, getting her serve more precise and being more aggressive. Forehand is getting better and better as well. I think she'll be a major factor in following 3 years. But, you know, nothing's for sure.

Sharapova - to be honest I'm starting to think that she could even retire next year. Everything looks like that to me. But who knows, she might come back greater than ever..

WS - I think Venus will play next season or two. She started to lose matches from some mediocre players and I think this started to affect her so much. Serena.. Well, I mean, Serena is so unpredictable, who knows for how long is she going to play...

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True. Although Jelena herself said she struggled with injuries earlier in the year. Her turnaround has marked her out from just being a 'one year wonder' to being an established top four player. All due credit to her.

But her body won't let her do this forever.
Yeah, but she'll prolly cut down her schedule for next year even more, so....

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I hope patty dosn't retire soon. I love that bitch





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